Having served in public office for 20 years on both operating and capital budget committees, I believe that the county's purchase of the 800 Oak Street building in Frederick is questionable at best. The purchase process and justification are flawed for these reasons:
I was glad to see the Career and Technology Center program spotlighted recently in The News-Post (Student-built house in Walkersville nearing finish line). It is true that on-the-job work experience is quite valuable, and those CTC students are gaining important, marketable skills for their future.
I have just read today’s paper (Oct. 1) and cannot believe what I read. How can the county give $1,000 to employees so they will get vaccinated (County to reward vaccinated employees with $1K) and at the same time allow Alive @ Five (Alive @ Five ends on a ‘high note,’ concludes for summer) …
This is in reply to Mr. Chaplin’s Oct. 1 letter (“Stop mandating and start governing”). There is a reason for mandates. The mandates about COVID-19 are clear. This is not about you This is a national emergency
I went through a full range of negative emotions after reading the Oct. 1 front-page article about rewarding vaccinated county employees and incentivizing the unvaccinated.
If you are not paying close attention and wonder what really is the difference between the two political parties, I offer this: Democrats want to govern, come to consensus, negotiate, and try to do something positive for the American people while the Republicans are more interested in the ra…
Thursday's front page of the Frederick News-Post features the headline "While summer surge wanes, …” referring to the recent substantial decline in new COVID-19 cases in the U.S.
I find it highly ironic that recently there were two articles on the same page with one touting the Frederick climate change commission and their agenda with another that touted more developments being planned and built in Frederick.
The announcement that the county intends to purchase property on Oak Street in Frederick city was news to city officials. It should not have been. There should have been consultation before such a significant undertaking within a municipality. It showed a lack of common courtesy and I believ…
As we read that average global temperatures have already increased 1.1 degree and that a 1.5 degree increase is now unavoidable, and as we watch deadly fires and floods and heatwaves on the news, some of us think, “Who’s going to reverse this disastrous climate trend and start us on the road…
I decided to run as a write-in candidate for mayor for one reason, Michael O’Connor is not a good leader. His decisions are hurting us in big ways and small. People are worried about the most basic safety issues from guns to neighborhood speeding. People see their property taxes go up with n…
Recently, I had surgery at Frederick Health Hospital and from the first moment I entered pre-op until the moment I was discharged, the care that I received went beyond the call of duty.
The Saturday-Sunday editorial (Frederick's election problem) reminded me of this issue I supported when running for Frederick city alderman in 1969. So, I’ve been in support of changing the date for our city election for some time now!
Two recent letters blame our president, evoking his Constitutional duty to protect us from insurrections or invasions. I agree. People got stranded and Taliban took all, including dangerous weapons.
October is an important month in the Maryland legislative redistricting process. Now is the time for Frederick Countians to speak up and advocate for an open, non-partisan re-drawing of congressional and state legislative districts to best represent our growing and changing population.
We had an election to elect a governor and other leaders. When did they turn into mandators? There were special circumstances, called emergencies, that the people who govern may do special things.
The Frederick News-Post’s Sept. 24 article, “Finding Furever families,” was the BEST! As a fervent, devoted, delighted, cat person, I am overjoyed to read about New Market’s K.A.T. Cafe and its 200th adoption.
Nobody will sacrifice for a cause that can’t succeed. This principle applies always and everywhere, from mundane tasks – you won’t dash for the grocery store if you cannot make it before they close – to the largest of world historical events – the French wouldn’t help America gain independen…
- The Frederick flood of 1976
- Process objections perplexing
- What happened to common sense?
- The difference between Democrats and GOP
- There's only one choice for Frederick mayor
- Stop rewarding vaccinated employees
- Questionable purchase of Oak Street building
- Our democracy needs radical changes. But what are the chances?
- Donald Trump's outrageous comeback scam
- Do as we say, not as we do
I have always loved The Great Frederick Fair and waxed eloquent when encouraging others to attend, but I will be boycotting The Great Frederick Fair this year because 4-H is not being represented.
September is Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month, and I want to take some time to explain why it is no less important this year than any other. It’s probably more important in 2021 than perhaps any other year.
Frederick County recently endured a serious flooding event, which left roads closed and residents in need of water rescue. Even as we surveyed the damage, we could cheer. Past land-use decisions and infrastructure projects helped to prevent the flooding from being much worse.
The withdrawal of American troops and civilians from Afghanistan has been talked about and planned for by previous administrations — that is true. However, it was totally mishandled by the current administration.
Joe Biden, “come on, man,” you are supposed to be the president of the United States. That means you must obey the oath you took to support the Constitution of the United States. Your first order of business is to prevent invasion and insurrection from outside and inside the country.
In the early hours of Sept. 9, lightning struck Hood College’s historic Brodbeck Music Hall. The ensuing fire caused significant damage to the building’s interior, though we are confident Hood’s oldest building can expect a full restoration.
News of county officials’ surprise redrawing of the Sugarloaf area protection overlay to exclude a 490-acre parcel because they now “felt it didn’t align with other elements of the proposal” reminded us of a scene from the movie “Spotlight.” It takes place in a cozy bar between the editor of…
On Sept. 7, The Frederick News-Post published a letter from Dave Pyatt in which he attempted to defend today’s senior military officers. He began “The United States military is led and staffed by some of the world’s finest minds.” Establishing his credentials, he stated “I served as a ROTC o…
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